So, what is McKinley STEM?
Our staff and students are the heart of the McKinley STEM community. Our school serves the northeastern neighborhoods of Owatonna, as well as the entire community through our district STEM programming. We are a K-5 school with around 600 students. We value the diversity and uniqueness of our school and its’ stakeholders.
Students at McKinley STEM have a choice for the first time to learn through STEM; a philosophy embedded in literacy and focused on science, technology, engineering and math. This opportunity allows students to approach learning from integrating content while emphasizing problem solving and collaboration. Students spend time observing and wondering about how the natural world and human society interact. In this context, engineering is how we design and build solutions to problems and improve the world we all live in.
At McKinley, STEM is integrated into everything we do. Our students still learn district curriculum and learning outcomes; however, our approach to instruction is what differentiates us. When you enter any classroom in our building, you will notice many of the same characteristics:
-Justin Kiel, Principal
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What is STEM?
-Higher-level thinking & questioning
-True integration across all content areas
-Growth Mindset (our abilities can grow with experiences)
-Real World Application
What kind of student benefits from the STEM philosophy?
STEM is for all students. Hands-on, inquiry-based learning is best practice for any style of learner, regardless of background or abilities.
What do we believe about STEM?
At McKinley Elementary STEM School, we believe:
Reading is the foundation of all we do at McKinley. STEM isn't a single class, but how we integrate subjects all day. Literacy is the foundation of all work we do - in each and every learning experience.
Who do I contact for more information?
Contact Justin Kiel, McKinley Principal, for more information. He can be reached at 507-444-8200 or firstname.lastname@example.org
STEM isn't what we teach... it's HOW we teach!
|Contact: Justin Kiel|